Benefits of Being a Smoke-Free Workplace

November 13, 2019

 Promoting smoking cessation is good for your employees’ health, and it also makes good business sense. Becoming a smoke-free workplace shows that you are committed to the health and the future of your employees. Having a smoke-free workplace doesn’t just benefit your employees’ health—it also affects your company’s financial health. Following are different ways that being smoke-free benefits your company.

 

The Benefits of Being Smoke-Free

  • Improves your employees’ health:

    • Reduces the risk of lung cancer for smokers and for those exposed to second-hand smoke (exposure increases the risk of lung cancer by 12 to 19 percent).

    • Reduces the risk of heart attacks for smokers and for those exposed to second-hand smoke (exposure increases the risk of a heart attack by 25 to 35 percent).

    • Reduces the risks of heart disease, stroke and upper respiratory infections.

    • Increases lung function and circulation.

  • Lowers your costs:

    • Employees who smoke cost their employers significantly more in medical expenditures and workers’ compensation than nonsmoking employees.

    • Smoke-free businesses can expect to save $190 per 1,000 square feet of work space each year due to lower cleaning and maintenance costs.

    • Banning smoking reduces the risk of fire and lowers fire and property insurance costs up to 25 percent.

    • Smoking employees pay roughly one and one half times as much as nonsmoking employees for their health insurance.

  • Increases productivity and morale:

    • Smoking leads to inefficiency, errors, eye irritation and lower attention spans.

    • Employees who take four 10-minute smoke breaks throughout the work day actually work one month less per year than those who do not smoke.

    • Smoke-free workplaces are more attractive places to work for prospective employees.

    • Employees take fewer sick days. Smokers miss an average of 6.2 days as a result of illness, whereas nonsmokers only miss an average of 3.9 days.

  • Reduces your liability:

    • Complies with the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) by allowing individuals with respiratory problems to work in your environment because there is no tobacco smoke pollution.

    • Employees cannot file disability claims for being ill from secondhand smoke.

 

Becoming a smoke-free workplace is one of the best ways to benefit your employees and your business.

 

Contact Allegeant LLC to learn more about how to help your employees quit!

This article is not intended to be exhaustive nor should any discussion or opinions be construed as legal advice. Readers should contact legal counsel or an insurance professional for appropriate advice.

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